John Alvaro Caldas. 1934 - 2006.
John Alvaro Caldas was born in Rusholme, Manchester in 1934. After a successful career as a West End dancer and later as a jazz musician with the John Caldas Quartet, he renewed his early interest in art, producing an impressive body of paintings and drawings over more than three decades.
On rare occasions, outstanding artists do slip through the net; their anonymity often explained by a primary concern with the making of art rather than its positioning in the marketplace.
London did get an occasional glimpse of John's work and the reviews of his two solo exhibitions spanning nearly a decade were more than favourable.* However, the momentum required to cement his reputation during his lifetime was missing and an overdue appraisal of his life's work is now underway.
In 2010, John's first solo exhibition for almost twenty years, (see exhibition page), was received with remarkable enthusiasm. His second exhibition with Philips will be held in April 2012.
Philips represents the John Alvaro Caldas estate. We are currently writing a book about his life and work, to be published in the autumn.
* "His Woman in Library is the finest new painting I have seen in years and ought to be in the Tate". Philip Ward Green. Arts Review, 30th September 1983.